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Coal miners about to begin a shift underground in the Second World War.
Coal miners about to begin a shift underground in the Second World War.
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At the end of the First World War, the British coal industry was characterised by decentralisation, overcapacity and poor industrial relations. The industry experienced extensive strikes, rationalisation, war and nationalisation.

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Interwar legislation

Search using Sankey Commission Coal Mines Reorganisation Commission

Further reading

  • Buxton, K.N., The Economic Development of the British Coal Industry (London: Batsford, 1978)